Iran Press Review 20 July

Special Edition: Nuclear Issue

  • Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, thanks Iranian nuclear negotiators for their all their efforts during his Eid-e Fitr speech, which marked the end of the month of Ramadan. He noted:
    • “Irrespective of if this document [of nuclear agreement] passes or not... no abuse of it will be allowed... the defense capabilities and the security of the country will, thanks to divine wisdom, be secured, in spite of the enemies - as we know - are focusing on this field. With regard to the defense and security capabilities, they will never submit to the excessive demands of the enemy.”
    • “Regardless of the document…we shall not stop supporting our friends in the region: The meek nation of Palestine, the nation and government of Syria, the nation and government of Iraq, the meek Bahraini nation and the sincere holy warriors of the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, they will always be supported by us.”
    • “Under any circumstance, our policy towards the arrogant government of the United States will not change the least. As we often have repeated in the past, we are not engaged in negotiations with the United States concerning various global and regional issues. We are not negotiating bilateral issues. Sometimes, in exceptional cases like the nuclear issue, we negotiated based on the principle of expediency. This has not been the only instance. Also in the past, there were cases [of negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the United States] to which I have pointed in my past speeches. There are 180 degrees of difference in the regional policies of the United States and those of the Islamic Republic. The Americans accuse Hezbollah and the resistance of Lebanon... of being terrorists, but extend support to the child killing Israeli regime. How can one deal with such a policy? How can one negotiate and how can one reach a result...?”
    • “The other issue is the triumphalism of the United States during the past couple of days. During the past days after the end of the negotiations, the American Excellencies - their statesmen and women are triumphal, each expressing it in her or his way. Of course we have no complain against this work of theirs. Domestic problems force them to engage in such triumphalism... claiming, ‘Yes, we forced Iran to the negotiation table, we forced Iran to surrender,’ ‘we prevented Iran from being armed with a nuclear weapon,’ ‘we got this and that concession and the like.’ When it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapon, it is not related to discussions with America or anyone else, and they know it themselves. Sometimes they mention the importance of the fatwa [religious edict] concerning the nuclear weapon. Based on the commandment of the Quran and Islamic Sharia, we consider production of a nuclear weapon, the possession of it and its use as haraam [unlawful] and will not do such a thing. It has nothing to do with them, and is not related to these negotiations. They know it themselves that it is the truth. They know what prohibits the Islamic Republic in the field of the production of a nuclear weapon is not their threats, but a Sharia obstacle. They know the importance of this fatwa, but they still claim ‘it was us (who did not allow) [the Islamic Republic from developing into a nuclear power].’ They are not telling the truth to their own nation. Concerning a host of other issues they say ‘we did this about the nuclear industry,’ ‘we forced Iran to submission.’ They may see Iran’s surrender in their dreams. From the revolution until now, five other (U.S.) presidents lived in the hope of the Islamic Republic’s surrender, but they either died or got lost in history. You are like them. You will never reach this hope of forcing the Islamic Iran to surrender.”
    • “Another point amongst the statements of the President of the United States in the past couple of days were confessions concerning the past mistakes of the United States. Of course, he just mentioned a few. He confessed that in in the 28th of Mordad [a reference to the 1953 coup] the Americans were wrong. He confessed that the Americans were wrong in helping Saddam Hussein [in the war against Iran]. He mentioned two or three points, but there were tens of issues which he did not mention. He did not mention 25 years of unjust Pahlavi rule. The torture, plunder, killing, crimes, disasters, doing away with the dignity of the Iranian nation, treading upon the domestic and foreign interests of the Iranian nation by America was not mentioned. He did not mention the dominance of the Zionists. He did not mention the annihilation of a civilian airliner by missiles from the sea, and he did not mention many other things, but he repeated mentioning a few of the mistakes. I would like to say a few words of advice to these excellencies. Today, you have, after the passing of long years after the 28th of Mordad [1953 coup] or since the passing of the eight years long war and the Islamic Republic's defense [against Iraq] confess you were wrong. I am saying this: You are also committing mistake now. Right now, in different places of this region, and in particular towards the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation, you are committing a mistake. A few years from now someone else will come and remind you of this [mistake], just like you are mentioning the mistakes of your predecessors. You too are committing mistake. Awaken, do not err and understand the truth. You are committing great mistakes in the region.”
    • “This is what I want to tell the dear Iranian nation: The Islamic Republic, is thank God, strong and powerful and has become more powerful by the day. For ten to twelve years, six great world powers, which are economically and financially among the strongest in the world, have faced Iran with the aim of preventing Iran from pursuing its nuclear industry. They have said this overtly. This is their real aim that the entire infrastructure is dismantled. They said this many years ago to our officials and they still have the same hope. After ten to twelve years of conflict with the Islamic Republic, the result is that these six powers…were forced to tolerate the spinning of several thousands of centrifuges. They were forced to tolerate the progress of this industry in the country. They were forced to tolerate the research and development of in this industry. Nuclear research and development will continue. The nuclear industry will continue. This is something they tried [to stop] but today it is on paper and they are signing into it that they have no objection. What is the meaning of this but the strength of the Iranian nation? This is the result of the steadfastness of the nation, the resistance of the nation and because of the courage and initiative of our dear scientists.”
    • “There is also one final issue which I must say. This gentleman said he can annihilate Iran’s Army. The older generation used to say such words are laf-e dar gharibi [making pretensions among people who do not know you]. I don’t want to say a word in this regard. Those who hear this word, if they want to understand well, and if they want to put their experience to good use, should know, of course, we are not welcoming any war, we will not take the initiative to any war... but if there is a war here, the person leaving the war in disgrace will be America, the aggressor and criminal.”
  • The Supreme Leader’s official website releases user friendly interpretations of his recent speeches and statements concerning the nuclear issue:
    • “The Leader of the Revolution... thanked the negotiation team... There were some who repeatedly, and as opposed to the emphasis of the Leader of the Revolution... who criticized the negotiation team, as if the path of the final document was prepared with their treason. This approach is exactly opposed to the wisdom and expediency and is not in the path of the Leader of the Revolution.”
    • “After the announcement of the final agreement... there were some who expected the Leader of the Revolution would either support or criticize it, but the legal process of the agreement is not yet over.”
    • “One must avoid factionalism.”
    • “One must look at the nuclear file as a process.”